First Communion Sunday, May 7
First Communion

Last Sunday eleven of our youth and children received their first communion. This is an important part of each child's life where he or she begins to learn and think about this important sacrament of the Christian Church. Along with all other believers they recite the Apostle's Creed and then pray our Prayer of Confession.

The Apostles' Creed was the earliest statements of Christian belief that developed long before Christianity fragmented into Eastern (Orthodox), Western (Roman) and Protestant factions. It therefore represents basic Christian beliefs that are accepted by most Christian churches today. Here at Spirit of Joy we regularly and gladly express and celebrate our Christian faith by reciting together the Apostles' Creed.

Our Prayer of Confession admits to God that we are imperfect people and miss the mark in thought, word and deed, in the things we have done and those we have left undone. Through the effective and merciful cleansing power of Jesus' death and His glorious resurrection, we humbly receive His gifts of Mercy and Grace in preparation for receiving Holy Communion.
VBS & Summer Children's Program

Last Sunday our second service Sunday School Kids reprised last summer's VBS anthem in anticipation of our summer children's program, and especially VBS July 10-15. (CLICK HERE to view the video.) Alyssa reports that we need lots of help to ensure a successful summer, so please consider helping out as described below:

    Sign up for one, or multiple Sundays, to lead an easy & relaxed Sunday School Lesson. 
    We hope to give our regular Sunday School teachers a break, while still providing something during the service for young kids/families. Leading the lessons are easy because they are video based! You just need to show up provide a little set-up and clean-up, sign kids in and out, and you're done! 
    We need Nursery help, and are implementing a new year-long strategy to spread out the Nursery help. It's simple! Sign up for a month of Nursery duty for either 1st or 2nd service. For that month of Nursery Duty, you are on-call if anyone 0-5 y/o needs Nursery Care. Otherwise, you can sit in the service like a normal Sunday. 
  3. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL  July 10-14 8 am - 12 pm
    Roles we have to fill:
    2-3 Creative Minds to help design the church decorating plan
    5-6 Station Leaders to run the Snack, Activity, Game, Journal stations, together
    2 Registration Table Leaders (to man the registration table, and help with administrative tasks during the week)
    ALL the help we can get decorating: Saturday July 8th, 10 am - 5 pm (ish) decorating, and Sunday July 9th 11 am - 5 pm and clean-up Friday July 14 11 am - 3 pm. All days are a party where the WHOLE FAMILY is invited to help us transform the church into a magical week of VBS. Food is usually provided.
    6-8 Student Helpers (12 - 17 y/o)
If you're interested in helping, look for sign ups at church or send email to Alyssa at
Congregational Meeting

We'll have an important Congregational Meeting Sunday, May 21, at 9:30 am between services.

We'll receive two important updates  about our construction plans and staffing changes.

Please stay late or come early so you don't miss the latest news on these two topics affecting the life and ministry of Spirit of Joy.

SOJ Men's Meeting

Men of all ages are invited to a
Men's Leadership Team Meeting
Tuesday, May 23 at Denny’s 6:30 pm
Join us at 6:00 pm for dinner
Or arrive at 6:30
for coffee & dessert
Come for Fellowship,
Learn about Opportunities to
Serve Your Church

Coming Events
Wed, May 10 6:30 pm
Women's Bible Study Continues
Sun, May 21 9:30 am
Congregational Meeting Between Services
Stay late or come early to hear a special update on our ongoing construction plans and pending staffing changes. You'll want to be there.
Sun, Jun 11 2:00 pm
Annual Church Picnic
Our annual Congregational Picnic will be held Sun afternoon, Jun 11 (location to be announced). We'll share in BBQ and music, games, and swimming. This will be a great time for the whole family, so put this date on your calendar and come and join us for a fellowship time together.
Mon, Jul 10 9:00 am
Vacation Bible School Jul 10-14
Mon, Aug 14 5:30 pm
Spirits of Grace serve Open Door meals
Sun, Aug 27,
Rally Day All Day
Kick off the new school year at Spirit of Joy's annual Rally Sun. Sun School Registration at 8:15 service, between services, and at 10:00 service; Pancake Breakfast; Youth BBQ Dinner; and Pinewood Derby.

SOJChurch Calendar

Weekly Activities
8:15 & 10:00 am: Worship
8:15: SS preK-6th grade
10:00: SS preK-High School
6:30-8pm: Junior High
Sunday: 1st & 3rd A.M.
11-12:30 High School
8-9am: Bible Study
6-7pm: Bible Study
9am: Prayers & Squares
4-6pm: Kids Klub
7-8:30pm: High School
7-8am: Men's Breakfast Ramona Cafe
First Wednesday
9:30am: Spirits of Grace
Second Wednesday
6:30-8:00pm: Women's Bible Study
At Church
7pm: Choir
9:00am: Church Cleanup
We need your help: Please vounteer
Saturday: 1st & 3rd
8-9am: Men's Bible Study
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